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What are the signs of Alzheimer/ Dementia?

When dementia hits home it can be too late when you discover what it is and its impact on your loved one.  It can be devastating and hurting when you loved one can’t remember you or recall the great times you had together.  Alzheimer/Dementia is becoming more common in the African American community.  When I was personally faced with the way dementia effects my loved one I became compelled to do some research and share.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

Until recently, most of our understanding of the pathology of dementia was largely based on studies of white patients.  African-Americans suffer from these cognitive impairments at two to three times the rate of non-Hispanic whites, yet they are less likely to take part in research.  That has created a serious challenge for scientists, who are trying to persuade more blacks to participate in studies — both while they are alive and after they die.

History of medical abuse of African-Americans has made them very reluctant to participate in studies.   African-Americans don’t want their brain separated from their body when they are buried, said Stephanie Monroe, director of African Americans Against Alzheimer’s, which is engaged in various efforts to educate people about the disease and its effects.

It is beneficial to become familiar with the following  basic symptoms in the event that your elderly loved one starts exhibiting them:

1)MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE
Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. They may forget important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over.

2)CONFUSION WITH TIME OR PLACE
Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.  They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.

3)DIFFICULTY COMPLETING FAMILIAR TASKS AT HOME, AT WORK OR AT LEISURE
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

4)MISPLACING THINGS AND LOSING THE ABILITY TO RETRACE STEPS
Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again.

5)CHALLENGES IN PLANNING OR SOLVING PROBLEMS                                                         Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers, keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

6)CHANGES IN MOOD AND PERSONALITY
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

7)TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING VISUAL IMAGES AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

8)NEW PROBLEMS WITH WORDS IN SPEAKING OR WRITING
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

9)DECREASED OR POOR JUDGMENT                                                                                               People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming

10)WITHDRAWAL FROM WORK OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.  They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team, social activities or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby.

While current medications cannot stop the damage Alzheimer’s causes.  As Alzheimer’s progresses, brain cells die and connections among cells are lost, causing cognitive symptoms to worsen. They may help lessen or stabilize symptoms for a limited time by affecting certain chemicals involved in carrying messages among the brain’s nerve cells.

If you see these symptoms contact a doctor.  Discuss the symptoms and solutions.  Don’t miss the signs like we did.

Ref: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/health/african-american-dementia-brain-donation-partner/index.html          https://www.alz.org       https://www.dementiasociety.org    https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_standard_prescriptions.asp

Information: Gail Carter-Cade communityoutreach@galacar.com                      http://galacar.com/community-outreach/dementia/                                                                        Location: GA LA CAR Beauty Salon, 2640 Cesery Blvd., suite 11 Jacksonville, Fl. 32211

 

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Streaks of Red Fundraiser for Diabetes

Local Salon Kicks off 1st Annual Streak of Red for Diabetes Fundraiser Jacksonville, (Fl.) We are pleased to announce that during National American Diabetes Month, Mrs. Gail Carter-Cade of GA LA CAR Boutique Salon, is continuing its Diabetes awareness events. On November 20, 2014, Mrs. Cade will hold the 1st Annual Streak of Red Fundraiser for Diabetes Awareness at 2640 Cesery Blvd., Suite 11. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Red is the color.

The Streak of Red, hosted by Mrs. Cade, owner of GA LA CAR Boutique Salon and sponsor Diabetic Devahs support group will host this fundraiser to support diabetes search for a cure. The Streak of Red services has been extended November 20 – 29, 2014, Thursdays – Saturdays, starting at 11:00 am and ends at 6:00pm. Appointments will be accepted through 6:00pm. All participants will receive free red hair color streaks with a hair service. Refreshments severed on November 20, 2014 only. The Streak of Red Campaign is conveniently scheduled before the Walk for a Cure on November 22, 2014.

Affected by diabetes mmanaging glucose levels is an everyday task for Mrs. Carter Cade. It is her goal through awareness activities surrounding American Diabetes Month will call greater attention of how we take care of ourselves can greatly impact diabetes and to support the research for a cure. Because there is a large percentage of the minority populations who are affected by diabetes, increasing awareness, and access to education are key to the prevention and management. There will be continued efforts to accomplish fundraising goals and increase participation in her efforts.

It is reported that diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems. Over time, high sugar levels damage the body and can lead to the multiple health problems associated with diabetes. Persistently high sugar levels behave like a slow-acting poison. High sugar levels and damaged blood vessels cause the multitude of complications that can come with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s goals for glucose control in people with diabetes are sugar levels of 70 to 130 mg/dL before meals, and less than 180 mg/dL after meals. Some complications associated with diabetes are heart attack, kidney disease or failure, vision loss or blindness, neuropathy or nerve damage etc. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/how-sugar-affects-diabetes?page=2#1

Diabetic Devahs Support Group meet on the 1st Monday of the month at GA LA CAR Boutique Salon at 6pm to encourage healthier lifestyle and join the ongoing fight to Stop Diabetes. While most people are aware of diabetes a cure for this disease is still not in sight. The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. “American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org.

A percentage of proceeds from selected cosmetic purchases or t-shirt sales made at the salon anytime can be donated to diabetes awareness efforts.

For more information, please contact: Mrs. Cade GA LA – CAR Boutique Salon 2640 Cesery Blvd., 11 Jacksonville, Fl 32211 http://www.galacar.com/diabetes/index.htm 904-487—9254 –diabetesdevahs@galacar.com http://www.facebook.com/gala.car Upcoming events information will be posted as they are made available at http://www.galacar.com/events.htm